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City of New York Invests in Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema, Opening Fall 2014

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2012 at 12:55PM

Brooklyn College and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment announces that the City of New York is investing in the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema, due to welcome its first students Fall 2014. It will make the announcement formally at this evening's Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala.
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Steiner Studios
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The City of New York is investing in the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema, due to welcome its first students Fall 2014. It will make the announcement formally at this evening's Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala. Steiner Studios, the East Coast's largest soundstage and production facility, will house the school, making it the only grad school to be integrated with a working film lot. In addition to supporting the creation of this school, the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment will be involved in its development.

Commissioner Katherine Oliver states:

“This is a thriving sector of our economy, and our office has been committed to educating New Yorkers about the vast array of career opportunities available in the film, television and digital media fields. Helping to establish this unique educational program right here in Brooklyn will be a lasting testament to our local creative industry.”

Chairman of Steiner Studios Douglas C. Steiner adds:

“Students at the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema will have the opposite of the ivory tower educational experience. They will instead be trained for this industry while surrounded by some of the most innovative artists, craftspeople and talent working right here on our lot.”

Upon opening the school, the Office will contribute to a scholarship fund that is expected to grant three full scholarships per year. The enrollment of the school will be up to four hundred, and tuition is intended to cost under half of what typical graduate film programs in the country cost.

The Graduate School of Cinema's programs will utilize industry professionals and foster fellowships, mentorships and residencies for its students. Master of Fine Arts degree programs will include cinema studies, cinematography, directing, production and post-production, screenwriting and visual effects. Student work will be showcased in a curated film festival, and graduates of the school will be able to pursue the Urban Fellows Program at Steiner Studios.

Among Brooklyn College's alumni are Joel Zwick, Michael Lynn and director Oren Moverman.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.